Thursday, October 05, 2006

split pea soup

okay, so i guess i'll start.

since it's quickly becoming soup season, i thought i'd share this recipe. it's a favorite around here.

2 large chopped yellow onions
Freshly ground black pepper
lots of chopped garlic (i usually use at least a tbsp.
1 bay leaf
1 pound dried green split peas, picked over and rinsed
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk (optional)

In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and split peas and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until the peas are tender. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove the bay leaf and discard.

**my variations...
i like to add a couple of sliced carrots and a stalk of sliced celery. i have no idea why. i've also added a couple of cubed potatoes and that helps to keep it hearty. this is awesome served with fresh biscuits.

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